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Supreme Court rejects high school restroom case

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/29/19, 11:38 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear the case of a group of Pennsylvania high school students who sued their school district for allowing students who identify as transgender to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. Without informing students or parents, the Boyertown Area School District implemented the policy during the 2016-17 school year, leaving some students shocked to find classmates of the opposite sex in their changing rooms and restrooms. Six students, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Independence Law Center, filed suit against the district, arguing administrators violated their fundamental right to bodily privacy under the U.S. Constitution and effectively denied them access to school facilities on the basis of sex. They appealed their case, Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, to the Supreme Court last November after the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the students’ right to privacy came second to transgender individuals’ rights to use the facilities of their choice.

“No student’s recognized right to bodily privacy should be made contingent on what other students believe about their own gender,” John Bursch, ADF senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy, said. “Because the 3rd Circuit’s decision made a mess of bodily privacy and Title IX principles, we believe the Supreme Court should have reviewed it. But we hope the court will take up a similar case in the future to bring much needed clarity to how the lower courts should handle violations of well-established student privacy rights.”

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Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/29/2019 03:48 pm

    “the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the students’ right to privacy came second to transgender individuals’ rights...”

    And the Left continues to push ever-loonier and more outrageous. 

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    Uff Da
    Posted: Wed, 05/29/2019 05:40 pm

    When someone's mind does not recognize or accept indisputable reality, that is a mental illness.

    When mental illness is accepted as normal, and policies are contructed around it, that is insanity.

  • Stalwart
    Posted: Thu, 05/30/2019 06:35 am

    Do we know the reason the court did not hear the case?

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Thu, 05/30/2019 09:13 am

    They probably wanted to avoid bathrrom jokes!